I am a great fan of Fiona Walker having discovered her over 10 years ago.
I realised that I had been out of touch so bought this book 'Love Hunt' and her newest 'Kiss and Tell', which I will review later (April 11).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fiona Walker, whose previous novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers,and she has been compared to Jilly Cooper. In fact if you like Jilly Cooper then I really recommend you read Fiona Walker's. She has also written:
French Relations, Kiss Chase, Well Groomed, Snap Happy, Between Males, Lucy Talk, Lots of Love, Tongue in Cheek , Four Play and Kiss and Tell.
A failing family auction house announces a treasure hunt with a grand price of £50K to be won by following a series of clues which are lots in different auctions. Alongside this is also a treasure hunt set by a 'secret admirer' for the lead character Trudy, an ex-popstar who's career finished when she unhappily married Piers . The question is who is setting the clues and what will be the price at the end?Will she have an affair and with whom - will it be Giles, Flipper (Pier's much younger brother) who proclaimed his love for her at a family gathering, or someone else? There are several eligible candidates as she is a much loved person but with failing self-esteem and an increasing love of vodka!
The are several other ladies who also feature in this novel - some of which we have met before in previous ones. Pheely has just had a baby with serial rake, Giles, and wants to win his heart (permanently) but is overweight, overly messy, overly romantic and overly into red wine. Can she stop him amusing all the bored housewives in the area and be faithful to her? She turns to Internet dating with surprising results.
Pixie has split up with her (third, I think) husband after he went off with a younger model though desperately wants him back plus other treasures he has taken from her too. Pixie isn't worried about a quick ride (and not just horses) to keep everything in working order.
Faith is in love with her boss, Rory, at the local riding stables and wants to win his heart. Rory willingly provides mounts, whiskey and company for bored ladies and doesn't really notice her. What is it going to take to be more than his groom?
Liv's husband works away so Liv finds other ways to amuse herself and distract herself from boredom in the countryside. She buys herself Pheely's daughter, Dilly's, horse - which opens herself up for new friendships. She is also an avid follower of Trudy's private treasure hunt - will she get the star prize instead of Trudy?
Will all the characters end up with a happy ending? Read on and find out ('cos it would spoil it if I tell you!)
I enjoyed this book though it isn't one of my favourites, unlike French Relations, Well Groomed and Kiss Chase which I like to go back and re-read time and time again. It seems to be the books that are set in 'Oldlode' which have been less enjoyable. The next book 'Kiss and Tell' brings some characters from Love Hunt - such as Faith and Rory and combines them with some old favourites i.e. Tash and Hugo who feature in French Relations and Well Groomed. I think tha in a way that sounds like it is a more engaging book then this one.
The characters are good, but I didn't really fall in love with them. The plot twists and turns which makes the book a real page turner and had a satisfactory ending (I am such a romantic). There are some slightly un-realistic affairs and romps (but it is fiction!).
Even though it is slightly immoral, you really hope that Trudy ends up with Flipper as he is a really in love with her and seems to need a stable and loving relationship. It is interesting that we find out that his mother had an affair and that Trudy is stuck with the tough decision whether to tell him or not. I think that more could have been made of this and put the reader more on edge in the book to increase the suspense as it was I found it largely irrelevant. She is generally the one with the MOST morals as the rest of the cast seem to be bed-hopping and rolling in the hay.
Trudy's husband becomes more and more of a rat as the book continues though I was expecting more ratty and sneaky behaviour with his use of technology then what it turns out to be. I imagined him tracking her movements with using her mobile, setting her up with an online secret admirer to trap her into infidelity rather than what he was actually doing. He is black, to Flipper's white if you know what I mean.
I am slightly amazed by the consumption of alcohol by the characters - don't get me wrong I do like a glass of red like the next person but most of the characters' sadness manifests itself in alcoholism it makes me wonder if there are other ways of showing this?
** Also posted on CIAO under the same title **